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Kerang to Koondrook Rail Trail

Victoria - North

Location: 300km North of Melbourne on the Murray River
Length: 0.0 km
Surface: Disused Railway Line
Start / End: Kerang to Koondrook
Public Transport: Coach, Train
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At 22km long, flat gradient, and a town at each end, this will be an ideal rail trail for day trippers.

Public transport available at each end of the trail, and the mighty Murray River to explore at the Koondrook end.

Nearby Attractions

Discover the many lakes, rivers and forests of the region.

Perfect to relax, fish, camp, water ski and kayak.

Explore pristine wetlands and glorious national parks.

Experience activities, tours and walks, cafes and dining.

Discover the old award winning Koondrook wharf, which was a hive of activity in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s as the many river boats connected Koondrook with the many river communities further north

The Koondrook Riverfront also includes the meticulously restored Goods Shed, operating historic Arbuthnot Sawmills, Goanna Walking Track, playground, boat ramp and links to the Redgum Footbridge and Koondrook Retreat.

 

Last updated: 15 January 2023

Gannawarra Shire Council’s walking and cycling strategy 2022, includes plans to re-purpose the old tramway between Kerang and Koondrook.

The proposed trail would basically use the 22km long railway corridor between the two towns.

This trail would be very flat along the entire length and pass through pleasant farmlands.

Reasonable sized towns at each end for accommodation, food and refreshments.

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Background Information

The Kerang–Koondrook Tramway was an Australian private railway of 5 ft 3 in (1,600 mm) broad gauge running from the state-owned Victorian Railways network at Kerang to the Murray River town of Koondrook, with intermediate stations at Yeoburn, Hinksons, Teal Point and Gannawarra.

Construction of the 22.43 km long line was initiated by the Shire of Swan Hill in 1887, under the terms of the Tramways in Country Districts Act 1886, which allowed local governments in country areas to construct tramways, with financial assistance from the Victorian government, to a limit of £2,000 a mile. The tramway was opened in 1889

Victoria Railways took over ownership of the tramway on 1 February 1952.  In its later years, a 102hp Walker railmotor was used to convey children to school. That service was withdrawn on 16 December 1976. A rail-fan farewell special ran on 20 November 1977. The line was officially closed on 3 March 1981.

Potential progress towards the Kerang to Koondrook Rail Trail

Posted: 10/01/23

Gannawarra Shire Council in Victoria has recently released its Walking and Cycling Strategy which includes ...

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